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Essays In Love

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What’s difficult is to reconcile these two warring sides inside my head–one which says I shouldn’t have love and another that stubbornly insists I should. I suppose I’ve been disappointed by how few people really understand me (though maybe we all feel that way?

I would have benefitted SO much from knowing about how love works and that so many of the things I felt weren’t abnormal at all (hell no am I talking to anyone about that stuff).And it feels like the only option IS to kill yourself and be done with it and then think about how guilt-wrecked the other party will be for causing you to go to such measures. I’d first discovered its possibilities when reading Montaigne’s Essays, where the author takes the reader around some highly thought-provoking philosophical ideas, in a tome that is intimate, digressive and charming. Desperate needs bring about a hallucination of their solution: thirst hallucinates water, the need for love hallucinates a prince or princess.

Forgetting, however calming, was also a reminder of infidelity to what I had at one time held so dear. Familiarity creates a new language, an in-house language of intimacy that carries reference to the story the two lovers are weaving together and that cannot be readily understood by others. Alain de Botton has this uncanny ability to spit out everything that my brain is thinking in beautiful and candid writing minus any fluff.False Notes” and “ Love or Liberalism” for instance, symbolises a choice also in the political arena. This means that the version of me that my school teachers know is VERY different from what my family knows which is different to what my university friends know and so on and so forth. Susan Hill, author of The Woman in BlackWith an introduction by Sheila HetiA unique love story and a classic work of philosophy, rooted in the mysterious workings of the human heart and mind. I’ve indulged in several hypothetical scenarios, reflecting on things like socioeconomic status and religion to see how such stark differences could be twisted into something humorous but I just don’t see how a relationship can be compatible if there ARE huge differences there. Jan Morris, New Statesman 'Single-handedly, de Botton has taken philosophy back to its simplest and most important purpose: helping us to live our lives.

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